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Engineering During Lockdown at Canterbury Christ Church University.


Engineering During Lockdown at Canterbury Christ Church University.

by Dr Rihana Ishaq, Director of Engineering at Canterbury Christ Church University

While the whole country has spent most of the year in lockdown, Engineering at Canterbury Christ Church University was committed to continuing teaching both online and face to face within government guidance.  Students had on average 90 hours of face-to-face teaching in semester 1 and on average 60 hours face-to-face teaching in semester 2.  This is more than any other engineering department has been able to offer during the last academic year and we are proud of our academics and students who masked up and sanitised to continue to teach and learn.

Average 90 hours face-to-face teaching in Semester 1 (September 2020 to January 2021)

Students were pleased to be able to continue their programmes on campus and benefitted from not being isolated or learning completely online.

“The blended learning offered by CCCU and organised by Engineering, has been a godsend. I believe it has helped me to progress much further than I thought I could in a short amount of time. If the blended learning had not been offered, I doubt I would have chosen CCCU to gain my degree.”

Foundation student, February 2021

The students worked on real industrial problems in our CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate) projects where they solved complex problems in small teams working both online and in the classroom. These projects are sourced from local businesses, giving students the opportunity to work with industry, and to support local innovation through their learning.

“CCCU has offered me a huge opportunity as a foundation student, to gain work experience with a unique and bespoke company, due to Rihana pushing the client appointments and meetings even with a pressing pandemic.  She has allowed me to understand key elements of teamwork and reaching target requirements for which I am extremely grateful, as well as adapting to a new level of learning.”

Foundation Student, February 2021

Our summer will be busy buying even more new equipment to support your learning as we have successfully won £901,000 towards equipping the facility through the local government funding scheme – the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.  In addition to this we will be expanding our academic team to bring in more experts to help you learn, with new staff appointments to support teaching and face-to-face laboratories.

We are currently planning our timetables for next year to continue online and face-to-face teaching, within government guidelines so anyone who joins our programmes in September 2021 will be able to take advantage of our state-of-the-art new facilities in our purpose-built building with engineering workshops and laboratories.  If you are interested to start your university education in engineering but do not want to learn online, then chose Canterbury Christ Church University to study Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering, Product Design Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or Computing.  We still have places for September and also offer a Foundation level for those students who may not have the requirements to go directly onto a degree programme in the first year.

Further Information

To find out more about our programmes visit our website at  You can also call us on our course enquiry number 01227 928000.  We are waiting for your call.  The next Open Day to find out more is on Saturday June 12th where you will have a chance to meet me and my team and our current students to find out more about what we have to offer. To book an Open Day go to

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